Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Michael Alan Parker: North Carolina; Exonerated : Court has dismissed all charges and overturned the sentence of a man who spent 22 years in prison after his conviction in a child ritual sex abuse case. "From the shape-shifting stories of the Parker children — stories encouraged and manipulated by adults with a variety of interests in the outcome — to the inaccurate and unchallenged expert testimony, to the illusory 'bomb scare,' to the evangelistic rantings of the prosecution, the trial of Michael Alan Parker was an affront to everything North Carolinians want to believe about our criminal justice system," (defence lawyer) Devereux's motion stated. "The outcome remains a stain on that system.""


COUNTDOWN: 1  day to  go to the very first Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

STORY: "Man exonerated, ends 22-year prison stay," published by Associated Press,  on August 27, 2014.

GIST: "A North Carolina judge has dismissed all charges and overturned the sentence of a man who spent 22 years in prison after his conviction in a child sex abuse case. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a judge overturned Michael Alan Parker’s sentence — eight consecutive life terms plus 40 years — during a hearing on Monday. A statement from The Duke Law School’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic said Parker was released Tuesday from Craggy Correctional Center in Asheville and greeted his brother and legal team outside the gate........
(Defence lawyer) Devereux said Parker was offered a deal one year ago that would have nullified the convictions and allowed him to leave prison based on time served if he pleaded guilty to some of the offenses. “He wouldn’t do that,” Devereux said. “He stayed in another year — and potentially stayed in forever. He’s a pretty courageous guy.”"

The entire story can be found at:
 
http://www.robesonian.com/news/news/50211881/Man-exonerated-ends-22-year-prison-stay#.VCwXwefZ7SF

See related article: Asheville Citizen-Times: "Devereux made a motion for appropriate belief based on numerous grounds, including: the ineffective assistance of trial counsel; newly discovered medical evidence; new evidence from Parker's former co-defendant; newly discovered evidence regarding child testimony; recantation of one of his children's testimony; the state failed to disclose exculpatory evidence regarding a bomb scare during Parker's trial; ineffective assistance of appellate counsel; and cumulative error. "From the shape-shifting stories of the Parker children — stories encouraged and manipulated by adults with a variety of interests in the outcome — to the inaccurate and unchallenged expert testimony, to the illusory 'bomb scare,' to the evangelistic rantings of the prosecution, the trial of Michael Alan Parker was an affront to everything North Carolinians want to believe about our criminal justice system," Devereux's motion stated. "The outcome remains a stain on that system.""

See the related Citizen-Times story:

"Devereux made a motion for appropriate belief based on numerous grounds, including: the ineffective assistance of trial counsel; newly discovered medical evidence; new evidence from Parker's former co-defendant; newly discovered evidence regarding child testimony; recantation of one of his children's testimony; the state failed to disclose exculpatory evidence regarding a bomb scare during Parker's trial; ineffective assistance of appellate counsel; and cumulative error."From the shape-shifting stories of the Parker children — stories encouraged and manipulated by adults with a variety of interests in the outcome — to the inaccurate and unchallenged expert testimony, to the illusory 'bomb scare,' to the evangelistic rantings of the prosecution, the trial of Michael Alan Parker was an affront to everything North Carolinians want to believe about our criminal justice system," Devereux's motion stated. "The outcome remains a stain on that system."

 http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/08/25/judge-orders-henderson-county-man-freed-years/14599149/

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link:
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog; 







Wrongful Conviction Day: 1 Day to go. Ohio Innocence says this international day is a testament to growing concern over a "human" problem: All countries, regardless of the system, rely on confessions, eyewitnesses, informants with an incentive to lie, and unreliable or invalidated sciences."


COUNTDOWN: 1  day to  go to the very first Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

STORY: Ohio Innocence Project signs up for Wrongful Conviction Day: Statement by Mark Godsey,  Director,  Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project.

STATEMENT: "The Innocence Movement, in recent years, has begun to galvanize into an international human rights movement.  Organized and sophisticated innocence work is underway on every inhabited continent, with a new network of organizations in Latin America, and several new projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.  The world is starting to recognize that no matter what form of criminal justice system is present in a country, all systems rely on humans beings in the process, and humans make mistakes.  All countries, regardless of the system, rely on confessions, eyewitnesses, informants with an incentive to lie, and unreliable or invalidated sciences.  The International Wrongful Convictions Day is a testament to the growing concern over this human problem.”

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link:
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog; 








Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ed Graf: Jury selection begins October 6. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals awarded Graf a new trial in March 2013, ruling the scientific arson evidence used to convict him of capital murder in 1988 since has been proved faulty. Waco Tribune.

  

"The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals awarded Graf a new trial in March 2013, ruling the scientific arson evidence used to convict him of capital murder in 1988 since has been proved faulty. The court declined to find Graf innocent, as his attorneys requested. Prosecutors at the time sought the death penalty, but the jury chose a life sentence instead. Because jurors chose the life term instead of a death sentence, prosecutors are precluded by law from seeking the death penalty at the retrial. The 44-question questionnaire asks prospective jurors personal information about themselves and their families, asks their experiences with police and the criminal justice system and asks if they consider themselves a leader or a supporter."

The entire story can be found at:
 

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/courts_and_trials/questionnaires-to-aid-ed-graf-murder-retrial-jury-selection/article_5c9c68c7-13d9-5196-b1f1-a7a4f9ecade5.html?mode=jqm

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link:
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog; 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Anti-junk science legislation: Forensics in Focus publisher Mike Bowers reports that California's anti-junk forensic science bill is now law - and says that's a good thing.


COUNTDOWN: 3  days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

POST: "Anti-junk forensic science bill is now law: Criminal justice public  policy breakthrough in California," by Mike Bowers, published on his Blog  "Forensics in Focus" on September 27, 2014.

GIST: "California Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law SB 1058 bill. The law permits habeas corpus petitioners (i.e. after a conviction) the ability to contest expert testimony that was presented against them at trial. In other words, experts who either repudiate their past testimony or used forensic “science” that is later deemed faulty by legitimate research are subject to later proceedings reversing a conviction. Personal liabilities of those experts are NOT affected by this amendment to the California Penal Code. The implications of this advance in criminal justice sidesteps prosecutors’ and judges’ habit of using old case law as an excuse for ignoring habeas corpus appeals expressing new forensic research and attitudes."

The entire post can be found at:

http://csidds.com/

See related Wrongful Convictions Blog post: " The law permits post conviction defendants the ability to contest expert testimony that was presented against them at trial. In other words, convictions in which experts have either repudiated their past testimony, or used forensic “science” that is later deemed faulty by legitimate research, are subject to later proceedings reversing that conviction. This is a huge deal, because it prevents prosecutors and judges from just using old case law as an excuse for ignoring habeas corpus appeals expressing new forensic research and attitudes." (Phil Locke);

http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2014/09/27/california-anti-junk-science-forensics-bill-signed-into-law/

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link:
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog; 

Reginald Tanubagijo: California: Convicted in July of second degree murder and felony child abuse; Judge postpones sentencing to consider motion for mistrial based on possible juror misconduct. "Possibility that there are other reasons to conduct a new trial".


COUNTDOWN: 3 days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014); Participant's quote. Legal Aid Ontario: “Wrongful Conviction Day highlights the importance of not only remedying but also preventing wrongful convictions,” says John McCamus, the Chair of LAO. “Wrongful conviction appeals frequently highlight some of the most acute systemic failures in our judicial processes.”(Legal Aid Ontario is enthusiastically supporting Wrongful Convictions Day on its website. That makes sense. The fewer the wrongful Convictions the less financial strain there will be on Ontario's  legal aid plan  -  and the more money there will be to ensure that accused persons without the necessary financial resources  will be able to make full answer and defence.  Bravo to Legal Aid Ontario. It has played a hugely important role in the exoneration of the victims of former Dr. Charles Smith. HL.)

STORY: "Allegation of Juror misconduct could lead to a new trial," by reporter Melissa Murphy, published by  The Reporter on September 26, 2014.

GIST:  Alleged juror misconduct could lead to new trial for Suisun City foster father convicted of second degree murder. Suisun City foster father Reginald Tanubagijo was convicted in July of second degree murder and felony child abuse, four years after making a 9-1-1 call to report an infant was unresponsive and choking on milk. Friday morning Tanubagijo was scheduled for sentencing in Judge Robert Bowers' courtroom, but that was postponed in order for the court to consider a motion for a new trial.........There is a possibility that there are other reasons to conduct a new trial, but Bowers said that the first bridge to cross should address the possible juror misconduct. Tanubagijo is scheduled to appear again before Judge Bowers at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 17."

The entire story can be found at:

http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_26617072/allegation-juroro-misconduct-could-lead-new-trial

See recent post on this Blog: "The trial, which included a number of medical expert witnesses who gave sometimes dueling opinions of the infant's injuries, also included numerous witnesses who said Tanubagijo was a loving and gentle father."

 http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/08/reginald-tanubagijo-california.html

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link:
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog; 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wrongful Conviction Day: October 2, 2014. A sampling of just a few of the scheduled events as momentum builds - and there are still four days to go.


COUNTDOWN: 4 days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

PUBLISHER'S VIEW: "As our very first Wrongful  Conviction Day  approaches,  thanks to the initiative  of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted - and in particular, Win Wahrer, AIDWYC's Director of Client Services  (the heart and soul of AIDWYC) who had the visionary idea of initiating a "Wrongful Conviction Day -  it is dazzling to see the array of projects that have been created in to commemorate the special day in different parts of the world. (When I first checked out "Wrongful Conviction Day" - before AIDWYC had announced its initiative, there were six entries under "Wrongful Conviction Day." There are now, at the time of posting, some 20,700 entries on the Internet.)  Some  events have been organized by organizations, some by individuals. Some are educational; Some have been geared towards specific cases. But all of the have a common denominator: A passionate desire to rid the world of wrongful convictions, to remedy those that have occurred, and to prevent them from occurring in the future. They also share  a common goal of educating people to how frail our criminal justice systems are,  how great the risk of a wrongful conviction can be,  the harm that wrongful convictions cause to individuals, to their families, and to society at large - and a healthy obsession to do something about it, no matter where the injustices may occur. Here is a sample of just a few  of the events scheduled for Thursday October 3, 2014."

Harold Levy. Publisher. The Charles Smith Blog.

I will start with The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted because of the important role it has played in creating and promoting Wrongful Conviction Day. James Lockyer will deliver a lecture entitled  Preventing and Rectifying Wrongful Convictions by Understanding Their Causes.  Lockyer is a co-founder of AIDWYC  and the lead lawyer  who represented many of the wrongly convicted who were eventually exonerated such as Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard, Steven Truscott, Clayton Johnson and Romeo Phillion. Prof. Tim Moore, York University, will make a presentation on false confessions. Moore says he chose this topic for the first Wrongful Conviction Day because, ""False confessions are among the leading causes of wrongful convictions.  Social scientists have shed considerable light on the investigative tactics that put people at risk for confessing falsely.  There are viable alternatives to current practices.  It is time to start using them."At a reception, generously hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada, another supporter of Wrongful Conviction Day,   Exoneree John Artis, who at the age of 19 was convicted of a triple murder along with his co-accused boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter, will speak. He spent 15 years incarcerated in New Jersey prisons because he refused to lie. John Artis had this to say regarding his wrongful conviction:"Devoid of any evidence or fact, authorities attempted to have me state that Rubin Carter was a murderer, to assist in convicting Rubin and sending him to the electric chair, for the promise that I would be released. In reality, it would have wrongfully convicted two innocent people and sent both of us to our deaths. I refused. Integrity is an innate, immeasurable, uncompromising quality." Exoneree, Ron Dalton who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, Brenda in Newfoundland, will speak. He spent nine years incarcerated and thanks to his own efforts and that of Newfoundland  lawyer Jerome Kennedy, was exonerated in 2000.

The Irish  Innocence Project is holding a special event to which the public is nvited which will include family members of the Justice for Harry Gleeson group, who have been working with the Irish Innocence Project to clear the name of Harry Gleeson, believed to have been wrongly executed for the murder of his neighbor Moll McCarthy more than 70 years ago, although the legacy of his hanging impacts the family still. The Harry Gleeson case was featured on Prime Time on July 24, 2014.

The California Innocence Project's event at the California Western School of Law
will start with a meet and with Southern California exonerees followed by a lecture by  From California Innocence Project director Justin Brooks entitled: "Ethical Implications of Post Conviction Cases." At the conclusion of the instruction, Brooks  will lead a round table discussion with the exonerees.

The Faculty of Law at The University of Manitoba is presenting  an address by Kim Pate, a specialist in the area of human right, on the subject of "Convicting women: Easy to do Well nigh impossible to undo." Pate is Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights, University of Saskatchewan and Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. The event is being  presented in conjunction with Student Advocates for Justice, and the Feminist Legal Forum.

University of Windsor Law School: Prof. David Tanovich will be delivering a special lecture on the perverse role that "race" can play in wrongful convictions entitled "The Salience of Race".

But the first Wrongful Conviction day is about more than events. It is also about a a buzz that is growing on the Internet through cyberspace. One of my favourite's  is the campaign by Christine Bivens, who believes her daughter has been wrongly convicted is to have over 10,000 people share stories of the wrongly convicted  through social media such as Facebook,  Twitter,  Circles and Pinterest.  Ms. Bivens  is also planning  to send emails to all Ontario Members of the Legislature  asking them to reflect back on wrongful convictions and to look forward to making changes to stop wrongful Convictions before they occur. (Her web page is www.freenyki.org...) Another web-related project  (sponsored by "Justice Not Politics"  also plans to make use of  cyberspace by launching a "thunderclap"on October 2nd at noon in which a minimum 100 people will  follow under their social media accounts and  simultaneously blast out  a Wrongful Conviction Day   message out all at once. This project can be accessed at: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/16874-wrongful-conviction-day-10-2...

Wrongful Conviction Day is also generating some discussion on the Internet such as my fellow  Blogger Susan Chandler, also known as "The Wobbly Warrier," from her always stimulating Blog of the same name.  In a recent post she observes that there would be no need for Wrongful Conviction Day if you cleaned up corruption. The post is about a former judge sent to prison for taking bribes.

And that's just some of the activity with three  more days to go before the big one. (Without going into details of the newspaper articles and radio shows). Lots more coming. Lots of discussion. Lots of awareness. That's what it's all about.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link: http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;  


Cameron Todd Willingham; Express-News columnist Rick Casey has some sage advice in this case of an innocent man executed by Texas in the face of post trial reports showing that the fire marshall's got it terribly wrong: recommend a pardon if the fellow inmate's testimony is found to be as false as the arson evidence - and order that federal grant money for criminal justice be used not just for police and prosecutors in Texas, but also to fund scientific expert testimony for attorneys for indigent defendants. (Must Read. HL);


COUNTDOWN: 4 days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014); Radio event today (September 28, 2014):   Canadian exonerees Ron Dalton and William Mullins-Johnson (a Charles smith case)  and  Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted  (AIDWYC) lawyer James Lockyer will be interviewed on the Roy Green show – a live-on-the-air interview from 4:07 – 4:27 p.m. about Wrongful Conviction Day. Tune into Talk Radio 640! The segment will then be available for listening/downloading in the podcast section at www.roygreenshow.com.

COMMENTARY: "Willingham is dead: Will Perry admit the state is wrong?," by columnist  Rick Casey, published by the Express-News on September 26 2014.

SUB-HEADING: "Cameron Todd Willingham has been executed. Will Gov. Rick Perry recommend a pardon at last?"

GIST:  " Last week, Gov. Rick Perry flew to Lubbock to dedicate a memorial statue of Timothy Cole, a Texas Tech student who was wrongly convicted of raping a fellow student after a badly botched police investigation. Cole died in prison in the 14th year of a 25-year sentence. The highlight of last week's ceremony was when Perry said, “This statue will serve as a reminder that justice must be tempered with wisdom and that we all must stand vigilant against injustice, wherever it may be found.” Perry should keep that imperative in mind as he reconsiders the case of Cameron Todd Willingham.........Perry could help himself in two ways. He could publicly express concern that he may have been wrong and ask the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to investigate and recommend a pardon if the fellow inmate's testimony is found to be as false as the arson evidence. And Perry can order that federal grant money for criminal justice be used not just for police and prosecutors in Texas, but also to fund scientific expert testimony for attorneys for indigent defendants. After all, leveling the field between prosecutors and defense attorneys is one way of standing vigilant against injustice."

The entire commentary can be found at:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Willingham-is-dead-will-Perry-admit-state-was-5783252.php

Mark your calendar: October 7, 2014.  Death By Fire (2):  Produced by the PBS  renowned investigative  show "Frontline." We are informed in a note that:  "Frontline reinvestigates the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed for the arson deaths of his three children. Advancing the recent reporting by the Marshall Project in the Washington Post, Death by Fire 2 will include an exclusive on-camera interview with Johnny Webb, a key witness at Willingham’s trial who now disavows his testimony that Willingham confessed to setting the fire that killed his children, alleging that it was the result of a secret deal with the prosecutor."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/inside-frontline/coming-in-october-on-frontline/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FrontlineEditorsNotes+%28FRONTLINE+-+Latest+Stories%29

For background on Wrongful Conviction Day see the following link:
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wrongful-convictions-day-aidwyc.html
 
Interested participants may sign up by contacting Win Wahrer of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted at: winwahrer@aidwyc.org.


PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 

Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;